MPI Woodworking specializes in making unique furniture pieces from locally sourced hardwood and selling kiln-dried live edge slabs.
My name is Matt Plazek and I'm a 22-year-old Pittsburgh Woodworker. While attending the University of Pittsburgh for my freshman year I had to complete a final project for my technical theatre class. I ended up building a 5'x5' octagon pedestal poker table as a Christmas gift to my father. This project sparked my passion for fine woodworking. By the fall of 2016, I established MPI Woodworking, of course, named in honor of my dad's company JPI Industries. My shop space has been my father's 14,000 sq/ft building on the north side of Pittsburgh. I have spent the past 2 years reorganizing this vacant shop and filling it with all the logs I possibly can! Part of my business plan is to salvage urban and suburban logs around the Pittsburgh area as they are cut down. I then work with local sawyers to get each log milled or I even mill them myself. In addition, I spent one-year attending welding courses at CCAC and have received my 3G SMAW certification. I greatly appreciate the design of inter-mingling wood, metal, and other media to create one-of-a-kind works. Finally, I'm always trying to increase my skillset which pushed me to start blowing glass at the Pittsburgh Glass Center in 2017.
My Father is my mentor in Pittsburgh Woodworking and in life. Over the years he has owned and operated Solid Wood, Acorn Products, and JPI Industries. These companies created and supplied home goods to magazine companies like JCPenney, Lands End, and Hammacher Schlemmer. Unfortunately, in 2001 he was diagnosed with a rare Kidney Disease and had to close down his most recent company, JPI Industries. He then proceeded to undergo dialysis and 2 kidney transplants until January 2010 when his second kidney transplant was a success. I only really saw him on the weekends during these years but we are catching up on lost time. He comes to our shop every day and he is always there to answer any questions I have.